Pitching leads the way for Grangers

Published 1:50 am Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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LaGrange High’s pitchers gave up a combined one hit in shutout victories over Spalding County on Saturday.

In the first game, Trevor Booton and Colton Esposito combined for a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory, and Chase Williams and Matthew Morgan held Spalding County to one hit in a series-clinching 4-0 win.

Booton, a sophomore, is going to be a key member of the rotation this season, and he showed what he’s capable of with a lock-down performance against Spalding County.

Booton pitched six no-hit innings, and he had 10 strikeouts.

Esposito finished things off with a hitless seventh inning, and he struck out two of the three batters he faced.

“Trevor gave us a great game,” said LaGrange head coach Donnie Branch. “That was his first varsity start. He threw one shutout inning against Northside. I was pleased with him. We’re counting on him big in our rotation. He’s got really good stuff, and he’s a 10th-grader and he’s going to keep growing. And I was pleased with Colton when he came in. He came in pumping strikes and did a really good

Leadoff hitter Matthew Morgan led the offensive effort with two hits with a double and two RBIs, and Landon Tucker had two hits.

Will Alford and Ty Medders each had a hit and an RBI, and Matthew Lamb had a hit.

In game two, Williams got the call, and he delivered a masterpiece of his own.

Williams only needed 59 pitches to make it through six innings, and he held Spalding County to one hit with four strikeouts.

Morgan finished things off by striking out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

“Chase is a strike machine,” Branch said. “Chase is getting them with a ton of finesse. It’s change of speed, it’s up, down, in out, taking a little off, putting a little on.”

At the plate, Turner Cook had two hits, Esposito and Medders each had a hit and an RBI, and Seth Stargell had a hit while walking twice.

While pleased with the pitching, Branch is looking for a little more out of the offense.

“We’re still not very good offensively at this point,” Branch said. “We think we’ve got the pitching to keep us in this, but ultimately, we’ll have to get better (offensively).